Summary: Who me worry?
THE CURE FOR ANXIETY
Who Me Worry?
Two men were talking and the one said to the other:
I have a mountain of credit card debt.
I have lost my job.
My car is being repossessed.
Our house is in foreclosure.
But, I am not worried about it.
The other man:
I don’t understand – I would be worried sick if I were you!
Well, I don’t have to. I have hired a professional worrier and he does all my worrying for me.
That’s fantastic! How much does your professional worrier charge for his services?
$50,000! I thought you said that you were broke. Where are you going to get the money to pay for that?
I don’t know. That’s his problem to worry about, not mine! That is why I hired him.
[Source Unknown – Actually, I do not remember where I found the story. Truly a sign of old age. However, I think it was borrowed from a sermon outline on SermonCentral.com.]
How many of us today can say that we do not worry about anything? If I were to ask for a show of hands from those who have worried about something within the past week or so - most likely, the majority of us would raise our hands.
Just look around – there truly seems to be a lot to cause us to worry -
1. - Internationally:
Iraq/Afghanistan – Concern for all of our troops
Terrorism – where will the next target be?
North Korea/Iran threaten to produce nuclear weapons
THE WORLD JUST SEEMS TO BE A TOTAL MESS
2. – National:
The Election -Who to Vote for – Who will win
The Question of Marriage – How to define it?
Abortion – Stem cell research – Cost of health insurance
OUR COUNTRY SEEMS TO DIVIDED ALMOST IN HALF TODAY ON THESE ISSUES
3. – Local:
Gas prices are up – sometimes w/o a legitimate reason
State election – who to vote for governor, representatives – what are the issues?
School – God is forbidden/yet everything else is allowed
SOCIETY SEEMS TO HAVE LOST THE MEANING OF BETWEEN RIGHT AND WRONG
4. – Individually:
Health – concern for cancer, heart disease, diabetes
Family – parents for children – children for parents
Church – Growing? Reaching out in community/evangelism. Finding a pastor.
OUR CULTURE IS CHANGING AND WE MUST RECOGNIZE AND ADAPT TO IT
[Besides all of this] ---
Psychologists tell us that there are three major “wants [or worries] in life.”
1. - Want of Comfort:
Food - when we are hungry
Drink – when are thirsty
Shade – when we are hot
Shelter – when there is a storm
2. - Want of Acceptance:
Received – by our peers
Respected – for who we are & what we are
3. - Want of Inclusion
What – is the meaning of life - [How did I get here – Creation or Chance]
Understand – what life is all about – [What am I suppose to be doing?]
Know – that we have a part to play in it – [We have a Designer who has it all under control.][Adapted from sermon outline by Melvin Newland – Sermon Central.Com]
*** To many the story of the two men’s conversation is unfortunately how they try to approach worry.
1. They don’t make plans to deal with any situations.
2. They have no concern about any consequences.